About Me

I believe that we are happier if we are kind. I believe in all of us giving a part of ourselves without expectations. I think being intelligent is not good enough. I am crazy about people. I love reading to expand my mind and experience. I love playing chef. I am enamored by the art of entertainment. I paint in oils. I love Enya, Bocelli, Frank Sinatra, Edith Pilaf , Celine Dion playing in the background. My heart is filled with gratitude to be in the roles as mom, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, aunt, niece, friend,  professor, and a psychiatrist serving children and their families. I don’t like anyone patronizing me or anybody else. For me, home, work and vacation are all equally fun and fulfilling. I get a kick out of seeing children and their families thrive. I met my husband while we were undergrads in medical school. We have two gorgeous boys. We live in downtown Chicago.

My aim has ALWAYS been to translate science to service. Science is a means to an end. To serve. So, I continue to work on perfecting the craft of helping people in every possible way I can. My work is not done. I love for you to join me.

The narrative of my career goes like this, if you like to read more-

Mani Pavuluri, MD, is the Distinguished Fellow at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Fellow of Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists, and Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Founding Director of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Program. She was endowed the Berger-Colbeth Term Chair in Child Psychiatry in 2010. Dr. Pavuluri completed her psychiatric training in NZ, Australia and USA, board certified in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is named as the Best Doctor, Top Doctor and Top Psychiatrist by her peers and consumers in USA. She received the prestigious National prizes such as Klerman award for the best scientific discovery, AACAP Klingenstein prize for the best paper on mood disorders, and the University Scholar of the Year Award from the University of Illinois. She won the Jay Hirsch Excellence in Teaching Award from UIC Child Psychiatry Fellows. She serves on editorial boards of international scientific journals. She has mentored many clinical and research faculty and their programs across the world and consults patients from 30+ states in USA. Her scientific work is a trailblazer for how we understand brain circuitry function and medication effects on the brain function in mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and ADHD through functional magnetic neuroimaging technology (fMRI). Her research has been funded by federal and leading private foundations. Dr. Pavuluri’s work is foremost among the cohort of studies mapping the brain functional model underscoring the interface of thinking and feeling brain circuits. One of her books is What Works for Bipolar Kids: Help and Hope for Parents draws on her 30 years of clinical experience. She has special interest in suicide prevention.

Note: Credit for several images goes to www.freeimages.com, alongside mine. The humble drawings inserted into the explanations on brain etc are the way I teach families on regular basis. I see the content as my thoughts combined with what I have learnt from from countless masters over my life time, synthesized.


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